Lassa fever claims 63, spread to 17 states – Minister

From Left: Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Ado Muhammed; Director-General, National Orientation Agency, Mr Mike Omeri; Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire; Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, and  Minister of Information And Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,   during a Joint Ministerial News Conference to give update on the outbreak of Lassa Fever in Nigeria
From Left: Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Ado Muhammed; Director-General, National Orientation Agency, Mr Mike Omeri; Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire; Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, and Minister of Information And Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, during a Joint Ministerial News Conference to give update on the outbreak of Lassa Fever in Nigeria

The Federal Government said Tuesday that Lassa fever has claimed 63 lives out of 212 suspected cases reported from 62 local government areas in affected states.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, confirmed this at the emergency National Council of Health meeting in Abuja on the outbreak of the disease.

Mr. Adewole listed the 17 affected states as Bauchi, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Oyo, Ondo, Edo, Plateau, Gombe, Nasarawa, Lagos, Delta, Ekiti, Ebonyi, Zamfara and Kogi as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He said there is high level of denial and conspiracy across some states, adding that health managers should not deceive executives by their pretence and silence.

The minister described the denial of Ebonyi to report five suspected cases and one death as conspiracy of denial.

He said every state should consider itself at risk and put measures to contain and prevent the disease.

Mr. Adewole said the federal government would maintain high level of alert all year round to celebrate Lassa fever obituary next year.

“With the resources available we will collectively eliminate the disease in Nigeria soon.

“We have special facilities around us and we have adequate human resource to address the challenge.

“We will strengthen the Primary Health Care Centres across the country to enhance the surveillance mechanism,’’ he said.

The minister said 5,000 Primary Health Care centres would be activated before the end of 2016.

“A committee had already been set up to map out health care centres across the country would benefit from the programme.

“At least one primary health care centre will be functional in a ward,’’ said Mr. Adewole.

In a related development, the minister announced that six most affected states will have Lassa fever diagnostic centres.

He said the states are Niger, Nasarawa, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi and Ondo states.

This is in addition to the six existing Lassa fever treatment centres.

According to him, the centres are Lassa fever Treatment Centre, Irrua, Edo; University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, Borno; Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano.

Others are Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), University College Hospital Ibadan, and the National Centre for Disease Control, Asokoro, Abuja.

(NAN)


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  • Rollingdollar

    63 lives, no comment yet. Just change the topic to ‘Dasuki stole another 10 million naira’ you will see them flooding and shouting Sai Baba like bewitched souls. Why are we so daft and can’t get our priorities right. Is not time to tell Buhari that it’s good fighting corruption but the society has got other pressing demands. People are dying, the economy is collapsing, jobs are gone and the country has been dancing this one dance of Dasuki in the last 6 months. Buhari please ‘shape up or ship out.

    • Maria Darego

      You should have figured out by now that 80% or more of the comments you read on Premium Times are usually from the same individual writing under different identities! And I hope you are smart enough to know that the “fight” against corruption is all you would get till 2019!!!